sunburn

verb
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburned (audio) \ or sunburnt\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburnt (audio) \; sunburning

Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn or discolor by the sun

sunburn

noun

Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

Examples of sunburn in a Sentence

Noun He has a bad sunburn. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Light- or short-coated dogs can get sunburned, so ask your vet for recommendations on canine sunscreen because some human sunscreens are toxic if your pet licks them off. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog," 12 Feb. 2019 There may be lingering pain, soreness, or sensitivity after a tattoo, which can feel similar to sunburn or a bruise. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Tattoo Artist's Guide to Your First Tattoo," 2 Jan. 2019 Your eyes, like your skin, can get sunburned when they’re exposed to too much sunlight. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 The tanning ethos dates back to The early 1920s, when Coco Chanel inadvertently got sunburned on the French Riviera — or, some say, on a cruise near there. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 Cindie Allen-Stewart, of Mount Calm, shared her decades-old family secret on Facebook hoping to help some friends who, like her, are prone to sunburn despite using sunscreen. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Texas mom's viral sunburn hack works, but it's not 'magical cure,' dermatologists warn," 3 July 2018 The child’s head, sunburned under the blond velvet, rested on the woman’s strong arm. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 If Tuohy were running barefoot, the bottom of her feet might be sunburned by the end of a long race. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "America’s Next Great Running Hope, and One of the Cruelest Twists in Youth Sports," 8 June 2018 And now, aloe and hopefully goodbye to sunburn pain. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Sunburns: Race weekend's top lobsters," 29 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That could also include acne-fighting products containing things like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, Dr. Cheng says, as well as topical steroid creams to manage bug bites or sunburns. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "9 Easy Tips for Healthy, Happy Skin While Traveling," 25 Oct. 2019 This is the sensation of pain due to a non-noxious stimulus, such as the feeling of clothing on an area of skin that has a sunburn. Jenny Wilkerson, chicagotribune.com, "Is CBD a rising star or just a popular fad?," 12 Sep. 2019 There are two types of ultraviolet rays that affect the skin — UVA and UVB, the latter of which is stronger in the summer and causes sunburn, though UVA rays are out year-round, according to Schneider. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Preventing skin cancer starts with sunscreen no matter the time of year, Westminster dermatologist says," 15 Oct. 2019 The key is to enjoy the sun in the mornings and late in the afternoons, but stay out of the sun in the middle of the day, when sun is the strongest and can cause sunburn. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Senior tip: Getting outdoors will provide vitamin D bonus," 21 June 2019 Chris Pratt Gets Naked to Show Off His Post-Honeymoon Sunburn This isn’t the first time Pratt has shared pictures of a shiver-inducing sunburn with the world. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Chris Pratt Got a Terrible Sunburn That Looks Weirdly 'Delicious'," 14 Aug. 2019 Being too deep in mulch and soil is the most common cause of stress in trees and can lead to sunburn and pest problems. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Trees can get sunburned and overheated, too. Here's how to protect them," 27 Aug. 2019 Under SPF Unlike hydroxyacids or retinol, vitamin C does not make the skin more vulnerable to sunburn. Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C," 19 Aug. 2019 Volunteers dug a pit around the whale, covered it in towels to prevent sunburn and poured buckets of water over the animal to keep it cool. oregonlive.com, "Rescue crews work to save young humpback whale stranded on Oregon beach," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sunburn

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sunburn

Verb

back-formation from sunburned, from sun + burned

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The first known use of sunburn was in 1530

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“Sunburn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunburn. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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sunburn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sunburn

: a condition in which your skin becomes sore and red from too much sunlight

sunburn

noun
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sore red state of the skin caused by too much sunlight

sunburn

verb
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt \; sunburning

Kids Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: to burn or discolor by exposure to the sun
sun·​burn | \ -ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburned (audio) \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburnt (audio) \; sunburning

Medical Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to affect with sunburn sunburned skin

sunburn

noun

Medical Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

called also erythema solare

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